About Meakin + Parsons, Oxford
Meakin + Parsons is a gallery and exhibition space in North Parade in Oxford established to exhibit Modern and Contemporary Art. It expands on their exhibition space in West Oxfordshire that was established in 2018.
In addition to the exhibition space, the new gallery will include an artist’s studio dedicated to a series of artist residencies. The first artist in the studio is Oxford-based Emily Wolfe, which will follow with a solo show of new works.
Meakin + Parsons’ new gallery joins a vibrant scene of independent shops and artisan producers along the recently pedestrianised North Parade, with neighbours including Barefoot Bakery, Brew Oxford, Oxford Clayhouse, and 2 North Parade Produce.
The new gallery is also located near Oxford’s leading arts and cultural institutions, The Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers Museum, and Modern Art Oxford.
About the founders
The founders of Meakin + Parsons are Lucy Meakin and Ben Parsons, who have more than 30 years of experience in the art world between them.
Meakin was a specialist in Impressionist & Modern Art at Sotheby’s London and worked in sales at several blue-chip galleries, including Timothy Taylor Gallery (London), and Michael Reid (Sydney), before setting up a private art advisory business 12 years ago.
Parsons was Director of Karsten Schubert Gallery for a decade, where he worked with high-profile contemporary artists, including Bridget Riley and Alison Wilding. He moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to become Sales Director of Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery, returning to the UK in 2015 to work as a private dealer and consultant and co-founded Meakin + Parsons in 2018. He has also held the position of VIP Director of the London Art Fair for the past 4 years.
This exciting next stage for Meakin + Parsons sees the addition of a new partner to the gallery: Hannah Payne of The Art Five, who will be presenting emerging contemporary artists as part of the Meakin + Parsons gallery programme of exhibitions.
Under the leadership of Lucy Meakin, the business will also continue its advisory service, helping private clients with building and managing their collections. Ben Parsons will focus on the modern and contemporary programme alongside the gallery’s strong secondary market activity.